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Cup Still On For Panther Despite Loss
Meanwhile, Brown Panther's (Shirocco-Treble Heights, by Unfuwain) sub-par performance in Wednesday's Foundation Stakes has not perturbed trainer Richard Kingscote who said the 5YO's Melbourne Cup plans remain unchanged, reports racingpost.com. "I'm pleased with that," said Dascombe. "Grandeur is a good horse in his own right and we had to give him 5lb. In hindsight, we've probably gone off too fast and not got home and I'm sure he'll be fine and we'll go to Melbourne." Brown Panther's owner, former English footballer Michael Owen, said he hopes to be there to see "the race that stops a nation." Owen commented: "As much as you always want to win he's run a good race, giving weight all around over an inadequate trip, so you've got to be pleased." He added, "He needs a lot further than that to be shown at his best, but he's run a decent race and hopefully will come out sound and we can go to Melbourne. If he runs, I'll be there."